12 May 2019. Fourth Sunday of Easter. Good Shepherd Sunday and World Day of Prayer for Vocations
Reflection (Sem. Alfredo O. Dimaano, Jr.)
“My sheep hear my voice…” –John 10:27
The most disappointing whenever I talk with someone over the phone is when the line is garbled; we usually say: “The line is choppy.” Today, on the Fourth Sunday of Easter, Jesus presents Himself as the Good Shepherd and the intimate relationship between him and the sheep is that the latter must hear His voice. Vocation starts from hearing; hearing happens in the heart. The heart hears only in prayer; prayer leads to holiness.
From the many noise that compete in the heart of a person, the line becomes “choppy” and unclear. Only when one silences himself in prayer and becomes aware of the movement form God can he truly listen. Vocation to the priesthood is an endless life of listening. Graduating from seminary formation does not end my desire to listen to God. One who follows the Lord cannot be deaf lest he goes astray by following other voices. The line can become choppy when prayer life is abandoned; when the person cannot be attuned to the voice of God anymore. God never stops calling; it is man who refuses to listen to the call to holiness.
Today is also the World Day of Prayer for Vocations. There are fewer vocations to the priesthood over recent years maybe because we do not pray for vocations anymore. As we pray for more priests and religious men and women, may we also pray for holy vocations to single-blessedness and to married life. Yes, they are also vocations. In whatever state of life, all is called to listen to God. There is only one vocation shared by all and that is vocation to holiness. May the “line to holiness” be clear and not choppy. Happy Easter Season!
The Gospel Today
“My sheep hear my voice;
I know them, and they follow me.
I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish.
No one can take them out of my hand.
My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all,
and no one can take them out of the Father’s hand.
The Father and I are one.”